The knee’s shock absorber, known as the meniscus, helps lubricate the knee joint and prevent the knee from hyperextending. A wrong twist of the knee or an accidental overflexing can tear this important joint cartilage, however. Read on to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age-related degeneration
  • Falls
  • Forceful bending
  • Sports injuries
  • Sudden twisting
  • Trauma

Signs & Symptoms

  • Catching
  • Difficulty or inability to squat
  • Limited range of motion
  • Locking
  • Pain
  • Popping
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Tips & Treatments

  • Injury can occur suddenly.
  • Symptoms may not be present, especially in age-related degeneration.
  • Diagnostic testing may include X-rays and/or MRI.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include rest, icing affected area, anti-inflammatory medications and/or corticosteroid injections.